Sista Show Off: Divalicious Designs & giveaway


Welcome to the first installment of the re-named series: Sista Show-Off! This series is where I interview and/or feature women of color doin’ their thang in all areas!! “But Brit…that ain’t beauty!” Are you kidding me? Being inspired by women everywhere is a beautiful thing! Know of someone who would like to be featured on Clumps of Mascara’s Sista Show-Off….shoot me an email at Brittany@ClumpsOfMascara.com.

I am proud to show-off not only an impeccable web designer but wonderful workin’ lady who I can call a friend, as well. Candice is not only responsible for that beautiful banner you see and my new menu bar, but also the complete make-over of my personal blog. Her work is unique and she is fast and professional. Professionalism is a big deal to me and my girl delivers all the way. I could talk about how fab she is all day but let me drop you the little chit-chat session we have so you can learn more about her and Divalicious Designs.

Tell us a little bit about how Divalicious Designs was born?


Well, I would say about 2 years ago, I started making my own blogger templates. I felt that the ones that were available at the time didn’t represent me. They were nice and all but, just not my style. Girly yet sophisticated. Then when I did find some that I felt were, they were ridiculously priced. So since I have a computer programming background from being in the Air Force I decided to make my own and was I was very happy with it. After that an online girlfriend of mine saw it, and loved it, and wanted me to make a template for her site as well. I really enjoyed the whole process of making templates. So I first decided to make ones for free to see if people would actually be interested in downloading any of my free templates. I put them on one of my other blog sites.

After I saw that people were interested. I made a site completely dedicated to free blogger templates. And that was fun. So after a while, I decided I was ready to start selling some. I really love designing templates. And I figured why not have this as a way to supplement my husbands income. I am a SAHM, and I was spending up my honey’s money so I could do my hobby. I really felt bad about that, plus I saw so many beautiful illustrations at stock photography sites, that I just had to use. And I can’t give those for free even if I wanted to because I’d be cutting into someone else’s way of living. So I decided to go ahead and make a go for it. And poof Divalicious Designs was born! I try to be as versatile as possible, and I also try to focus on making some templates for the brown sisters as well, because I noticed there weren’t that many out there.


Your templates are just amazing! I am proud to endorse you and I know that fellow bloggers who have worked with you would say the same thing. What are your goals for Divalicious Designs?

Thank you so much, that really means a lot to me. I do this because I love to do it and that just helps me along. I do hope to one day branch out into doing full websites, and also WordPress themes. That would be a big step and right now, I just don’t have the time to do that. I need to wait till my babies are older. Plus I wanted to go back to school for web/graphic designing so I can be proficient in what I do. And so I can also provide web support when a customer has a problem, if need be.

What advice would you give to ladies who are trying to “get out there” in terms of web/template design?

First be patient, everyone is not gonna come running to you for your designs. You need to first build a repertoire of HAPPY customers. Most people are are gonna be afraid to try you if you don’t have some sort of background with people. Secondly don’t be stingy go ahead and do some projects for free. If they have good traffic they will be helping you as much as you are helping them. This is also a good way to build your portfolio. And be honest give credit where it due. I try to always give credit to where I get my resources from, and not try and pass them off as my own.

What has been the biggest reward so far in your venture?

I just LOVE to read (LOL) the joy in the customers email when they say how happy they are and how much they love the design. All the positive reviews and comments that I’ve gotten from the customers make me SOOOO happy. I have all my customers in my favorites, in a special folder. And I just love to go back by and see the site, and how they are doing, and to see the positive feedback from their readers on their new design, is just icing on the cake.



What are some of your other hobbies?

OH goodness, where do I start.I also make matching Proboard and Myspace Templates (if the customer requests). I play the piano and make urban gospel music with my hubby. I have another site, HipehopeUrbanGospelSpot. Where me and my husband showcase Holy Hip Hop among other types of Urban Gospel. And we put together a free music podcast. I also have another site, dedicated to brown mama’s but I ain’t gonna tell you that site info, because I been neglecting it, LOL.

And because we are beauty obsessed folks around here, tell us your favorite beauty product!

Hon I don’t know where to start! I LOVE mascara and eyeshadow and blush and lip gloss. Can’t live without it! As far as brands I haven’t been able to go and get the top notch of everything but I love Iman for foundation. Right now since I am on a budget,I am a AVON girl when it comes to mascara. When I curl it, it stays, nuff said, LOL.I’ve just recently been hipped to the Black Beauty Blogs so I will be making the rounds as far as what’s best for us, because I am totally clueless and have wasted so much money on stuff that didn’t ‘work’ for ME. So I guess I can say now because of that I am stuck in a rut, scared to try anything new basically…

I can’t thank Candice enough allowing me to interview her and working with me! For all of your blogging needs, shoot her an email her at DivaliciousDesigns@gmail.com. And tell her Brittany from Clumps of Mascara sent you! I want to give one lucky blogger one of the templates from Divalicious Designs! The Package Includes: Header, Customized Title & Description, Background, Sidebar Background, RSS feed icon and Menu. Wowsers!

…..and all you have to do is visit her template page and come back and tell me which one you like best! Candice and I will randomly choose a winner on Friday, October 3, 2008! Good luck all!!!

Mascara Monday: Napoleon Perdis Set mascara

It’s Monday again, pretty people!! How was your weekend? Did you get in some much needed sleep? Check out “Lakeview Terrace” with my God-daddy Samuel L. Jackson? Hit up a hot club? Visit your favorite restaurant? Well, I hope that whatever you did was wonderful because we are back to another looooong week.

This mascara is reader requested and I was excited to test and review it around this time since this line is fairly new to Target.

Napoleon Perdis’ Set Mascara

Price: 3 out of 5 (ohmigooodness, $15?! Yikes!)
Packaging (Brush Wand): 5 out of 5
Overall: 3 out of 5

What it claims: “Make way for the runway. A mascara that thickens, lengthens and curls lashes with professional results.”

The truth: It’s definitely not the BEST mascara that I’ve ever used….but then it isn’t the worst either.

What I loved about it: The wand is pretty coolio. I mean, granted it is you average and ordinary wand but I always love wands like these—they do a fantastic job at covering each lash with ease.

What I didn’t like: It didn’t really do anything for me. I mean…at all.

Overall: Well, I don’t know. For a $15 mascara I really expected more. I have defintely had better results with Maybelline, L’Oreal and other cosmetic company mascaras that retail for cheaper prices. I did not experience any clumping and flaking and that is always a plus but it was just such a “blah” mascara. I wanted some POW….BAM…..a WOW factor, or something. A sista got nothing and that was a little disheartening. The good news is Napoleon Perdis has a ton of other mascaras that I would be inclined to try if the price wasn’t so steep.

Would I recommend it: I would not. I can’t think of any situation in which I would re-purchase (or even use the current tube I have) this mascara.

Didn’t get around to doing a video for this baby due to my travels this weekend….but tell me what you think. Target, apparently is adding some “higher-end” brands to their cosmetics department. I don’t really know who the target (haha) consumers are considering most folx I know only purchase relatively cheap buys from Target stores and this line is anything BUT that. Check out the website for yourself.

Nevertheless, I urge you chicas to check out this and other new lines as your nearest Target. It’s rather interesting to see such a higher-end brand display at Target. It really does seem like something that should be at Sephora, Ulta or a department store. Has anyone seen this at their Target? Or tried any of Napoleon Perdis’ other products?

Let me knowww!! And enjoy your Monday and upcoming week, beautiful people!

FOTD Friday: The Lovely Danyelle!


Happy Friday, good people! I have had a crazy week with a lot going on at my job and training for this 5K so I haven’t had much time or energy to even play in make-up this week. Thank God I have a wonderful fellow beauty buddy who not only rocks hot looks but doesn’t mind being featured in FOTD Fridays. I love my Danyelle! And I’m so glad that she will be participating in our Politically Pretty Beauty Challenge! Check out her fabulous look.

She used (all MAC unless otherwise stated):

FACE:
NC50 Studio fix fluid
Deep Dark blot powder
Sweet as Cocoa
Breezy

EYES:
Vintage Gold Pigment
Embark eyeshadow
Covergirl lash blast/GreatLash mascaras

LIPS:
MAC Jampacked
Bath & Body Works BlackAmethyst lippie

Nightmoth Lipliner


…..and just for kicks, check out Danyelle rockin’ purples on the cheeks. She used MAC’s Hepcat eyeshadow.

HOTT! Definitely a little more wearable than my purples. Loves it!

Have a wonderful upcoming weekend, people!

Beauty Challenge: Politically Pretty

Yess! Another Beauty Challenge! Every once in awhile (okay, we’ve only done it once) us beauty bloggers like to unite through challenges. Our very first challenge was an 80’s challenge in which we had to create an 80’s look.

The turn-out was amazing! 14 bloggers participated and we all had a wonderful time sharing our creativity with each other and our blog readers.

The time has come again for us to bring forth yet another challenge!!!

In the wake of one of the most historic presidential elections ever, we challenge you to a political-esqe FOTD (face of the day). Whether you want to represent suffrage/voting rights, a party of your choice, democracy or just the political times… interpret that theme in a make-up look. Be as creative as you want, use any products and don’t feel as if you have any limitations. Do whatever comes to you! Don’t forget the details and explain what your sentiments/reasonings were behind the look.

Leave your name either in this comment box or over at Yummy411 so that we know you are participating.

Deadline to post FOTDs is Friday, October 3, 2008!!!!! That means participants not only post their looks on October 3, but also provide links to the pages of other participants as well. You can see an example of this by the “80’s challenge” link above.

What if I don’t have a blog?

No problema! You can still participate. Of course you would have to email your photo(s) and statements to us. And then we would showcase them in a separate post on October 4, 2008. Please make sure to send us your photo(s) and snippets by Thursday, October 2!!!

What if I am not in the United States?

Still no problem….show us an FOTD sportin’ your country’s colors and/or designs. Don’t forget to tell us what everything means so we can learn a little somethin’ too.

Get your brushes out and VOTE!!!!!

[NOTE]:
Can I just say how excited I am about this? I don’t know whether to dress up as Michelle Obama (j/k…kinda) or paint an American flag on my face. *shrieks* Can’t wait to see what everyone comes up with!

Brown and Blushin’ Series: Purple on the cheeks?

I know, I know. I haven’t done a post from this series in quite awhile, uh? I’m so sorry, chicas. I’ve been behind on keeping you lovely up on blushes from my brown skin beauties. I am still enamored with blush and my collection has grown from 3-5 blushes to almost 20! I’m tellin’ you….when I like somethin’ I really like it! And while I haven’t purchased a blush in awhile, I still enjoy revisiting everything from my NYC blush in Desert Rose to my Stila Convertible color in Rose and Grandma’s trusty Fashion Fair Warm Sand blush.

But what happens when a lady loves what she loves but still wants to try something different?

THIS!

Who remembers MAC’s Mi’Lady Mineralized shadow? This baby came out last fall and I honestly haven’t touched it in quite awhile. While I think it is divine on the lids this beautiful combo of mineralized goodness doesn’t quite fit in with my daily work-appropriate looks. But I still wanted to see what I could do with ole’ girl.

I mean, look how pigmented she is…


So you know what I had to do, riiiight? I grabbed the trusty MAC 187 brush and…


Who would have thought that this color is pretty dern decent on the cheeks?

A little too sparkly for my liking but perhaps with a lighter hand and a cleaner brush I would have ended up with a beautifully flattering purple cheek that doesn’t LOOK crazy.

I was a little heavy on the cheeks but that didn’t stop me…I pulled out my purples quad and…

Yes, I swirled the brush in all 4 colors. The results?


(say hi to the crater on my face!)

Still a little too MUCH so I definitely want to play around with purples on the cheek but with a lighter hand. And yall know me, I ALWAYS get carried away….Mi’Lady on the lips, B? Really?


Wait is that my washcloth in the background that I forgot to crop out? Clumps of Mascara strikes again! LOL!

So what say you, people? Would you rock purple cheeks? Or on the lips? Hmm…maybe I will refine this look a little more and present it in this week’s upcoming FOTD Friday?

Whatcha think?

Mascara Monday: CoverGirl Lash Exact

Happy Monday, pretty people! I hope that you all had wonderful weekends. Between checkin’ out Tyler Perry’s newest movie, shoppin’ at Ikea (OMG, I loooove that place), studying for the GRE and workin’ out, I was able to stay pretty busy. And I doubt I will ever love Mondays except for no other reason that Mascara Mondays. Yessss!!! Check out what we have this week.

CoverGirl’s Lash Exact Mascara

Price: 3.5 out of 5
Packaging (Brush Wand): 5 out of 5
Overall: 3.5 out of 5

What it claims: “No clumps on the brush means no clumps on the lashes for a DEFINED and LONG lash look.”

The truth: Hmm, it’s not bad. I didn’t get any clumps so it stands up against its claim!

What I loved about it: I really like the brush….but then again, I’m becoming a fan to the 3D wand since I’m learned how to use it efficiently.

What I didn’t like: Ummm, I would have liked if it gave me a little bit of curl. But I got nada. And even after I pumped the lashes with an eyelash curler a few times it was still didn’t a hold a “decent” curl.

Overall: I know this mascara isn’t new. It was reader requested by a lovely reader. Hey Claire! CoverGirl has since released LashBlast so LashExact is a bit on the “throwback” tip. But can I say something? Um….the wand, beautiful! You all know that I am a sucker for packaging so it was pleasant to have this baby girl in the mascara stash. As far as performance, hmm….it’s okay. I was able to achieve a good amount of volume. Length was pretty decent too. I didn’t get much of the flaky-flaky and was impressed with how well it stood up all day. Snagged this baby for about $7. Not too shabby.

Would I recommend it: Hmmmm….if you have something decent, stick with it. If you want to purchase this mascara just for experimental purposes, go for it. Otherwise….I say let it slide.

Check out the video review by clicking the link below:


CoverGirl Lash Exact

What do you think about this mascara? Have you tried it and liked it?

(photo credit)

FOTD Friday: Les Nubians

Happy Friday!! Gosh, this week was not too hot for me so I am excited for Friday. And I am diggin’ this week’s FOTD. It was surprisingly effortless. The ladies of Les Nubians were quite the inspiration!!

I love everything about this look. The dark burgundy lip. The springy green/blue eyes. The hot pink cheeks. And those mysterious white dots. I mean—wow. I tried to mimic this the best way I could but nothing does the original justice.

When I play around with theatrical dramatic looks I pull out something that I neeeever use:
…..foundation!

Well, not quite foundation. Bobbi Brown’s Tinted Moisturizer is as close as I get to using actual foundation. I forgot how wonderful this stuff is. It created the perfect canvas for the look. Along with that I used:

CHEEKS:
MAC Full Fuschia (PRO)
Bobbi Brown Shimmerbrick in Brownie
EYES:
MAC Shimmermoss
Maybelline Unstoppable eyeliner
Dior Diorshow Mascara
Milani brow pencil
NYX White eyeliner

LIPS:

MAC Matte Lipstick in Bing

Gosh, lining those dots up was NOT easy.

..okay, I got a little too ANTM on that last one.

Me with a more “me” look.

I love love looooved doing this. It took me all of 8 minutes and my Sonia Kashuk fluffy brush was responsible for the wonderful wash of color on the lids. I want to try to do this look on someone else.

What do you think about this look? A little much? Creative? Funky? Would you try something like this?

Happy Fridays, mijas! Enjoy your weekends and stay beauuuuutiful!

Beauty Review: Citrus & Spice All Natural Body Scrub

FACT: Your Head Newb here is a fan of bathing.

Granted I hope you ALL like to bathe but what I mean is I truly enjoy soaking in a hot bubble bath after a sweat fest at the gym or particularly stressful day. As a matter of fact, as I type this post on my lunch break I am already looking forward to a nice warm bubbly.

But what can take an all ready blissful experience to the next level? An exfoliant to scrub off of those dead skin cells to reveal beautifully smooth and luscious skin. And not just an kind of exfoilator. Many contain hash ingredients that do more bad than good to your skin. Some are too harsh while others aren’t grainy enough.

Face it, finding a great exfoilator isn’t all THAT easy.

Let me introduce to you:

INGREDIENTS Ultra-Moisturizing, All Natural body scrub by M.B. Carey & Co. Ltd.

Everybody say “Ohhh” and “Ahhhh”! The line-up is as follows.

Citrus & Spice, Lavender/Mint, Patchouli/Pine – MSRP: $40.00 – 19 oz. /538.5 gm. Tub

Citrus & Spice, Lavender/Mint, Patchouli/Pine – MSRP: $6.00 – 2.5 oz. /70.8 gm. Jar

I used the Citrus & Spice and wa-wa-wooow….I would have never thought of actually using cinnamon in a scrub but it works out beautifully. I used it in a bubble bath and wanted to just sleep in the tub for hours. It was wonderful!


Is it just me or does this look….edible? Yum!


The scrub consists of only a few products: coarse sea salt, mineral oil, petrolatum, cinnamon, clover and Sweet Orange essential oil. I’m finding that using SALT in an scrub as far better than sugar because not only dissolves but it isn’t sticky. See the dissolving action?

SCRUB ALONE

SCRUB with a bit of water


I was a little weary with the scrub containing mineral oil as mineral oil can be a property that clogs pores. However, Mommy the herbalist said that its use in small doses is not harmful. I found that I didn’t even need to apply lotion after using it so I definitely understand its purpose in the scrub!

Overall: A+ from B. You too should pamper yourself with this and other wonderful products from M.B. Carey & Co. Ltd. Visit their website at:

Sound like a product that you would like to try? Tell me!

Stay beautiful!